Have you ever discovered something, like a great place to go on vacation, only to notice that place being mentioned by friends, family, and news stories? Are they inside your head?
This type of thing has a name: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. And it has happened to me regarding this record.
I got Trinity Lane simply because I have really enjoyed everything I have heard from New West Records; I trust that label to have quality music. Now, I keep seeing this record being mentioned on best-of lists, glowing reviews, and Instagram posts. I never noticed it before I owned the record. For some reason I must have overlooked it anytime it was mentioned; I don’t know.
What I do know is that this record is fantastic.
Trinity Lane is not quite country and it is not quite rock n roll. I liken it to one of my favorite bands, Shovels & Rope. So, it makes sense that Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope produced this album.
Walking the line between country and rock n roll Trinity Lane also has flashes of folk and bits of the blues mixed in. Lilly Hiatt’s vocal work and attitude have hints of Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, and Emmylou Harris.
Lyrically, this album does not rip your heart out. Instead, Trinity Lane is like a thousand paper cuts leaving you in emotional agony.
My favorite track: Everything I Had